Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

May 15, 2014 Council Minutes






MAY 15, 2014

6:00 P.M.    



Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. PRESENT: Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members Dale Hinderaker, Tina Hostager, Sara Durhman and Brad Drenckhahn. Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, Police Chief Gary Selness, Community Development Director Dan King, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Police officers Gene Leifeld and Gary Schroeder, Tara Chapa and Barb Stussy.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.



Motion Durhman, second Drenckhahn to adopt the agenda as with the addition of item “8E. Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) Community Growth Initiative Proposal. Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Hinderaker, second Drenckhahn, to approve the regular City Council meeting minutes of May 1, 2014. Approved 5-0-0.



Motion Drenckhahn, second Hinderaker to approve the accounts payable of $41,288.24.

Approved 5-0-0.




Unfinished Business:

7-A. Strategic Plan and Rebranding Zumbrota

Mayor Bauer began the discussion by stating he thought the May 12th meeting with community businesses went well. Hinderaker added he had been pleased at the potential shown for future organization. The Mayor gave his opinions about the strategic plans. He said he estimated hiring an outside firm would cost over $10,000 and incorporating the input of the residents. Durhman agreed but asked what kind of firm should be hired. She would like to see more of an action plan and working document. Bauer said he believed the previous document had been a working document and the EDA yearly report had served as an update to the plan. Hostager and Durhman hoped a single firm could be found to do both the strategic plan and the rebranding. Jensen said that staff will begin the work on request for proposals for the process and will be getting back to the Council with that in upcoming meetings. He also said staff will work to clean up the website since the major changes will be a while off.


7-B. Police Officer Hire:

Chief Selness, Bauer, Hinderaker and Jensen had met with part-time officer Shannon Clemenson about the possibility of promotion to a full time officer with the Zumbrota Police Department. They had been impressed with her and felt she was eager to be a community oriented officer. Selness said the two options available to the City for filling the position vacated by retiring Officer Gene Leifeld were to promote from within or to begin a hiring search. To expedite the process Selness recommended promoting Clemenson to full time. Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to promote Officer Shannon Clemenson to full time. Approved 5-0-0.


7-C. Solid Waste Discussion:

This discussion was tabled until decisions are made at the State Legislature.


7-D. 2014-01 Tree Disease Ordinance:

Attorney Rockne had reviewed the ordinance and found it satisfactory. Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve Ordinance 2014-01 An Ordinance Amending Section 93.02, Shade Tree Pest Control (Formerly Tree Diseases), and Adding Section 93.03, Declared Shade Tree Pests, Control Measures, and Control Areas, Within the City of Zumbrota, Minnesota. Approved 5-0-0.


Motion Drenckhahn, second Durhman to approve the Summary Notification of Ordinance

2014-01. Approved 5-0-0.



8-A. Officer Gene Leifeld Retirement Approval:

Officer Gene Leifeld submitted a letter of resignation to the Council effective May 9th. He thanked the Council for the opportunity to work for the City of Zumbrota. Mayor Bauer and the Council thanked Leifeld for the wonderful community policing he did as well as his devotion to service. Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to approve the resignation of Officer Gene Leifeld, effective May 9, 2014. Approved 5-0-0.


8-B. Sale of Forfeited Vehicle

Motion Hinderaker, second Hostager to approve the sale of a forfeited tan Impala using Med City Auctions. Approved 5-0-0.


8-C. Limestone Wall Repair Bitter Creek

Motion Drenckhahn, second Hostager to have Dale Thorpe Masonry repair two remaining sections of the Bitter Creek limestone retaining wall for $8,000. Approved 5-0-0.


8-D. Liquor License Renewals

Motion Hinderaker, second Durhman to approve the following licenses:

Wally’s Covered Bridge, Inc.            On & Off Sale & Sunday Liquor

Stary-Yerka Post VFW 5727              On & Off Sale & Sunday Liquor

Zumbrota Golf Club                           On Sale & Sunday Liquor

Zumbrota Liquor Store                       On & Off Sale Liquor

Bridget’s Café                                    On Sale Wine and 3.2 Beer

State Theatre (ZAAC)                        On Sale Restricted Wine & Strong Beer

Crossings at Carnegie                         On Sale Restricted Wine & Strong Beer

Kwik Trip Inc. #463                           Off Sale 3.2 Beer

Zumbrota Super America                   Off Sale Liquor


Approved 5-0-0.


8-E. Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) Community Growth Initiative Proposal

Bauer and King had attended a SMIF meeting to discuss the impacts of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) with other affected communities. The communities present discussed opportunities which could be found by working together. Two representatives from each community would serve on an executive board and then additional community representatives would be needed to work within a larger group. Council was in favor of continued participation.



City Administrator Neil Jensen:

Jensen reminded the Council about the spring clean-up day on May 24th. The Pool has been painted, umbrellas have been installed and the new water heater in. The crack sealing project on Jefferson Drive should take place in a couple of weeks. There are some Main Street sidewalks which need to be replaced. Jensen would like to do a block at a time. The tree planting is done and the grant will be closed out. Jensen also thanked Officer Leifeld for his many devoted years of service.   .


Community Development Director Dan King:

Reported another proposal for the Grover Lot has been received. This one has lower density housing proposed and will be before the EDA at the next meeting. The Trailhead Subcommittee had met earlier in the day and is working out what type and size of structure to pursue. Sprinkler system bids for the Covered Bridge are due and there should be some news soon.


Mayor Rich Bauer:

Reported on the Small Cities meeting he had attended. He also spoke about tentative/proposed Goodhue County zoning map changes.


Council Member Dale Hinderaker:

Said the EDA will be discussing the sales tax money at the next meeting to be held on Wednesday.


Council Member Brad Drenckhahn:

Thanked the EDA and the Bank of Zumbrota for sponsoring the business seminar which had been held on Monday. He also thanked Leifeld for his years of service


Meeting adjourned 7:06 p.m.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992